I’ve written before about the city sightseeing on double-decker bus (Read the post here). Although the text was specifically on the bus, several people left comments recommending a different city tour and praising Mr. Vandré enough, the tour guide and driver.
I was curious and decided to test!
The company is called Turismo Brasília City Tour and Mr. Vandre is indeed one of the guides and responsibles for the company.
The city tour can be done during the day or night. It is four hours long and goes by the main tourist attractions of the Monumental Axis and also by the Pontão do Lago Sul, Santuário Dom Bosco and the Army HQ. The value is R$ 70 per person.
On the day scheduled, Mr. Vandré picked us up on time and we went for the ride. Our first stop was at the Cultural Center of the Republic where we visited the exhibition Zeróis: Ziraldo na Tela Grande at the Museum of the Great Republic. So interesting, this exposure yielded up a post – read it here.
The next stop was the Cathedral of Brasilia. There the guide made a point of calling our attention to some important details such as stained glass windows made by the artist Marianne Peretti, a replica of Michelangelo’s Pieta, which is exposed in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and the cross of the first Mass celebrated in Brasilia
We did not missed a quick stop to purchase local crafts right there in the Cathedral.
At the exit we were surprised by a demonstration in front of Congress, something common in the capital, but nothing that disturbed the ride.
We stopped for a photograph in front of the Foreign Ministry, but because it was not visiting hours, we could not enter.
From there we went to the Congress. As proposed by the basic tour guide, the visit to the Congress is only external. There, in front of the domes facing up and down, he gave us explanations on the functioning of Congress. We decided, however, by joining the Congress and make the tour to visit the Plenary of the Senate and House of Representatives.
View of the Esplanade of Ministries from the Black Hall of the National Congress
We knew that with we would no longer visit other sights as the tour to Congress lasts almost 1 hour. However, it was the choice we made.
On our way out, a photo in front of the Palace of Justice and we headed for the Three Powers Square, where we entered the space Lucio Costa to see the model of the city.
We went to the Presidential Palace, the official residence of the President, and finished the ride watching the Lake Paranoá from the deck of the hotel Royal Tulip Brasilia Alvorada.
In short, we liked a lot of the tour. Mr. Vandre was extremely friendly and attentive. In addition, he made sure to sgive us a lot of information on the sights we visited. The van where we did the tour is very young, comfortable and had a TV where they showed videos explaining about the city.
Now the question begs. Which is better: the city tour on double decker bus or the Turismo Brasília City Tour?
The answer is quite unique. It depends on individual taste.
The double-decker bus has the great advantage of the panoramic view from the second floor. It is a good option for those who do not have much time, since the tour lasts two hours. However, the bus has limited hours of departures, fewer stops for tourists to know the sights, and only runs with the minimum of 5 passengers.
At Turismo Brasília City Tour the major advantages are the individualized care and the possibility to choose the departure time, including at nighttime. The tour can be private or collective, and always in small groups. There is no minimum number of participants – if only 1 passenger is interested the tour will occur. Another relevant detail is the possibility to change the route according to the interests of the group.
More informations contact [email protected] or call +55 61 9115-3350.